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mutual admiration society

A disparaging term for two (or more) people who engage in lavish mutual praise and admiration. I can't stand working with Tony and Linda. They praise each other from the moment they walk through the door—it's like they've formed a mutual admiration society!
See also: society

mutual admiration society

A relationship in which two people have strong feelings of esteem for each other and often exchange lavish compliments. The term may signify either genuine or pretended admiration, as in Each of them praised the other's book-it was a real mutual admiration society. The expression was invented by Henry David Thoreau in his journal (1851) and repeated by Oliver Wendell Holmes and others.
See also: society


a pillar of society


a pillar of the community

If you describe someone as a pillar of society or a pillar of the community, you mean that they are an active and respected member of a group of people. He is a pillar of society, the son every mother would love to have. My father had been a pillar of the community.
See also: of, pillar, society

pay one’s dues (to society)

tv. to serve a prison or jail sentence. I served ten years in prison. I’ve paid my dues to society. The matter is settled.
See also: due, pay, society

café society

The collective term for socialites and movie celebrities who frequented fashionable restaurants and nightclubs. From the end of World War I through the 1960s, the media covered the comings and goings of members of Society (with a capital S, the word referred to people of “good family,” which in turn meant old money), and glamorous movie stars much as celebrity-chroniclers now report on Paris Hilton, Brad/Angelina, TV reality show personalities, and other boldface celebrities. Among the more popular haunts were Manhattan's Stork Club and El Morocco nightclubs. Then as now, a substantial portion of the population was interested in the lives of their social betters, and newspaper gossip columnists reported on party- and club-goers in the next day's editions. It was one such scribe, Maury Paul (pen-name: Cholly Knickerbocker) who coined the phrase “café society.”
See also: society

mutual admiration society

Two or more people who lavishly praise the other person's or people's personalities and accomplishments, often far beyond what is deserved. The phrase, which is said to have originated with Henry David Thoreau in 1851, may have been used earlier. Its use as the title of a song from the 1956 musical comedy Happy Hunting that was successfully recorded by a number of singers boosted the phrase's popularity.
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PHMC is pleased to award these general operating support grants to museums and historical societies," PHMC Executive Director James Vaughan said.
Friendly societies accepted new regulatory practices, while rituals and other restrictions on general membership were eliminated to help bolster financial security and greater numbers.
Each chapter presents similarities and differences found in slave societies in the American South and the West Indies, yet rarely does Dessens thoroughly tie the comparison to her putative overall purpose--the discussion of mythmaking in plantation societies.
We increasingly partner with Canadian specialist societies to maximize the scope and attractiveness of our annual conference, we are working with international partners such as GSA, and we are promoting major events, such as the planned GeoCanada 2010.
So Arabic in itself is not at stake: other non-European societies, like those of the Far East, do not command a high fluency in English, which does not hinder their impressive efficiency in the economic or cultural field.
The Executive Board shall have authority to undertake projects in the name of the Society and to act for the Society in establishing relationships with other societies or institutions when such relationships fall within the avowed purposes of the Society.
Most of us are multicultural anyway in that we are members of multiple social groups such as neighborhoods, job or professional societies, hobby groups, towns, cities, states, nations, or international societies.
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Unprecedented levels of cooperation among hordes of genetic strangers then resulted in ultrasocial institutions and societies extending far beyond family and friends, argue Richerson and Boyd.
Almost one-half of the support of these societies comes from the federal government.
By calling for the arrest of middle-class men for buying sex on the street, the societies were clearly policing their own class as well as the poor, contrary to Robert Shoemaker's recent contention that they represent a growing eighteenth-century desire to police the poor.
Moreover, a redirected focus on patron-client relations carries the added advantage of adopting a framework that embodies precisely those features of fluidity and interpenetration that so characterizes politics withi n many developing societies.
State CPA societies have created a virtual network.
4 /PRNewswire/ -- The friendly merger of Leeds Permanent and National & Provincial building societies will strengthen the United Kingdom's building society sector, Fitch says.
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